The Budget Committee says it has not proposed raising the federal retirement age to 65.
In Sunday's column I said the budget cuts included financial penalties for workers who retire in the future before age 65.
Committee sources say the budget did not include all of the language approved earlier by the White House and Senate GOP leaders.
That language called for: "Reform of federal civilian retirement by increasing employe contributions from 7 percent to 9 percent in 1987 . . .gradually reducing benefits for early retirement . . .increasing the contributions made by the Postal Service and the District of Columbia to the retirement fund and other unspecified changes."
The plan to penalize workers for retiring early has been on the White House wish list for four years.
Future retirees would have their annuities reduced 5 percent for each year they were under age 65.
Employes with 30 years' service may now retire at 55 on annuity equal to 53 percent of their salaries.
But committee sources said no penalties for early retirement are in the budget that the Senate finally approved.
They say language that would have directed the Governmental Affairs Committee to raise the retirement age was in earlier draft versions of the budget "in error" and was not intended to be part of the budget actually approved.